An expensive lesson

About a month ago, I bought a bicycle and trailer. I loved the pair – they went together like peanut butter and jelly. I didn’t use the trailer much – I bought it to move my laundry from home to the laundromat and back. So often I’d leave it at my place while I took the bike to work.

Last Thursday, that trailer was stolen from my motel in Santa Cruz, CA.

It cost me $150.00. I’m really bummed out about it, because it was such a useful tool. The lesson for me is to keep little things like that locked up.

To the thief: I don’t know who you are, or why you took it, but I hope you would return it. I’ve notified the Santa Cruz Police Department, and I’ve notified the bike shop that it came from (they say it’s the only one they’ve ever sold, and that no other bike shop in Santa Cruz carries that line of trailers). I’ve even put in a prayer on your behalf. It was a nice little black trailer, and I do need it. If you have a heart (and you still have the trailer or can get it back), I’d really appreciate having it back, even anonymously – but preferably in good working order.

Also, for those of you familiar with the Bible: I do forgive, but I do press charges if it’s not returned by the thief.

3 thoughts on “An expensive lesson”

  1. Matthew 5/38-42:
    “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on (your) right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your trailer, hand him your bike as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.
    (From Alex: Ha. 🙂 Except that the person did not ask, nor did they borrow. Believe me, it’s very difficult when you don’t know who did it… and very easy when you do know.
    It is a sad fact of life that not everyone in this world listens to what God teaches us. I am one who does, and I am not sure what the appropriate response is. I did say I would forgive the thief.)

  2. Yeah, right. Like the thief is reading your blog. Idiotic post.
    (From Alex: I learned a long time ago that if you say nothing, the thief has a zero percent chance of hearing your message. 🙂
    Besides, I didn’t post it just for the thief to read.)

  3. It is a great fact that not everyone listens God and it is flawed thinking that God defines morals. I have seen more wars waged in the name God than I care to mention.
    Anyway bummer on the bike, not the end of the world though it is only $150. You could pick up a bike off craigslist for next to nothing until you get a new one (maybe even find a free one).
    I need to get a bike so I can dump my car and help save on polluting the air from communting to Palo Alto everyday.
    (From Alex: Oh, I won’t dispute that people misinterpreting God’s will has caused horrific wars. Though I should note it’s not the bike that’s missing. It’s the trailer.)

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